Beautifully engraved antique certificate for the Missionary Packet Morning Star dating back to the 1850's. This document, which is signed by the company Treasurer, was printed by J. H. Bufford Lith. and measures approximately 6 1/2" (w) by 4" (h).
This certificate features a depiction of the Morning Star.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured. PLEASE NOTE edge faults along top margin and border that have been repaired on the verso.
In 1856, the Hawaiian Board of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association asked the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to help them raise funds for a vessel that would aid mission work in Hawaii, Micronesia, and the Marquesa Islands. Traffic between the islands was irregular, and missions often had difficulty procuring basic supplies.
In August 1856, the American Board appealed to children in the United States to help purchase a missionary packet by buying ten-cent shares of ownership. In return, the children received Certificates of Contribution. One-hundred twenty thousand Americans became stockholders, and by year’s end the Morning Star, a hermaphrodite brig, had been built in Chelsea, Massachusetts, at a cost of $18,351.00.
Launched in Boston, the Morning Star arrived at Honolulu in April, 1857 and continued to sail between South Pacific missions until she was sold in 1866. Five more Morning Stars succeeded her, all of which were funded by similar appeals.